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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #100 on: March 14, 2012, 11:16:52 AM »
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OK. Never seen it. You seem to know your stuff, NOLU, what spaghetti westerns do you recommend?

Everything by Sergio Leone (except My Name Is Nobody). The 1966 Django. The Great Silence. The Big Gundown. The Sabata Trilogy (for comedic purposes).

The Great Silence is the one I want to see off this list I've not seen. Leone's Once Upon A Time In The West and Duck You Sucker are two of the best movies ever made in my opinion.

Ever seen Django Kill!? -- the bizarro ripoff of Django that had a group of S&M'd up gay bad cowboys in it? Truly a bizarre movie, but entertaining in parts.

Yeah, I've seen it. I was obsessed with spag westerns for the better part of a year at one time. Watching the entirety of the Trinity series was my low point.
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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #101 on: March 14, 2012, 12:06:44 PM »
On top of being a history buff, I'm a war movie aficionado. Which scrambles my eggs to see that "A Bridge Too Far" isn't mentioned five pages in here. An awesome, poignant, well-written and acted movie, based on Cornelious Ryan's book on Operation Market Garden.

My list in order:

1. The Longest Day. Try making a movie with THAT cast and that production cost today and you're looking at something north of $2 BILLION.
2. A Bridge Too Far. See above.
3. Glory. The scene where they come over the bend and see the cannon pointed at them -- devastating.
4. All Quiet on the Western Front. The book is incredible, the movie poignant and heart-breaking.
5. Saving Private Ryan.
HM: Gallipoli; Platoon; The Blue Max (I have a thing for WWI aviation);

A HUGE fan of George C. Scott's performance -- dead-on nails. But not a fan of Patton in-total. Too disjointed and too tidy at the end. The Deer Hunter left me cold. Apocalypse Now had its moments and quotable lines, but not one of my favorites.

Of course, if Band of Brothers is allowed (judges, can we get a ruling here?) that vaults to No. 1 and everything else goes down.
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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #102 on: March 14, 2012, 12:09:49 PM »
More in the vain of Band of Brothers but I would add Generation Kill to the mix.

I will stop and watch "The Longest Day " but found it drags at times. Still not bad.

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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #103 on: March 14, 2012, 12:13:22 PM »
1. The Longest Day. Try making a movie with THAT cast and that production cost today and you're looking at something north of $2 BILLION.

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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #104 on: March 14, 2012, 12:41:29 PM »
no love for 12 o'clock high or enemy at the gate?

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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #105 on: March 14, 2012, 12:58:19 PM »
A couple of others that have been mentioned that I liked were The Blue Max and Stalag 17. And, I'm sorry, but one of my guiltiest pleasures is Braveheart. The Scottish blood in me (of which there is considerable) never fails to get stirred up when Mel delivers the final soliloquy at the end, "they fought like warrior-poets and won their freedom," at the Battle of Bannockburn.

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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #106 on: March 14, 2012, 01:04:30 PM »
On top of being a history buff, I'm a war movie aficionado. Which scrambles my eggs to see that "A Bridge Too Far" isn't mentioned five pages in here. An awesome, poignant, well-written and acted movie, based on Cornelious Ryan's book on Operation Market Garden.

My list in order:

1. The Longest Day. Try making a movie with THAT cast and that production cost today and you're looking at something north of $2 BILLION.
2. A Bridge Too Far. See above.
3. Glory. The scene where they come over the bend and see the cannon pointed at them -- devastating.
4. All Quiet on the Western Front. The book is incredible, the movie poignant and heart-breaking.
5. Saving Private Ryan.
HM: Gallipoli; Platoon; The Blue Max (I have a thing for WWI aviation);

A HUGE fan of George C. Scott's performance -- dead-on nails. But not a fan of Patton in-total. Too disjointed and too tidy at the end. The Deer Hunter left me cold. Apocalypse Now had its moments and quotable lines, but not one of my favorites.

Of course, if Band of Brothers is allowed (judges, can we get a ruling here?) that vaults to No. 1 and everything else goes down.


You know, I thought of "ABTF" but it gets a little hokey at times and that pushed it out of the top five for me. Definitely in the top 10 though. And props to 2underpar for bringing in "Twelve O'Clock High," one of the best air war movies from WWII.

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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #107 on: March 14, 2012, 04:29:57 PM »
No love for Mister Roberts?


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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #108 on: March 14, 2012, 10:25:41 PM »
Straight war movies?

Full Metal Jacket
Saving Private Ryan
Platoon
A Bridge Too Far
To Hell and Back
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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #109 on: March 15, 2012, 01:41:54 AM »
I would place Saving Private Ryan near the top of any war movie list and I defer to my late father on its realism with respect to actual fighting.

He served in World War II throughout the Pacific Theater - Iwo Jima, was one of the first Marines in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He said it more accurately depicted how battles were than any other war movie he had seen in his 80-plus years. A lot of who lived and died was simply luck. He also added that some of his most frightening moments were after the war as an occupation force simply because the Japanese soldiers did not surrender.

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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #110 on: March 15, 2012, 05:36:34 AM »
I'm wondering why there are so few Revolutionary War movies. Such an important chapter of our history, and world history, and you could probably count on one hand or less the number of films about it.

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« Reply #111 on: March 15, 2012, 05:51:35 AM »
I'm wondering why there are so few Revolutionary War movies. Such an important chapter of our history, and world history, and you could probably count on one hand or less the number of films about it.

I remember there was some discussion in the entertainment media about this when "The Patriot" came out. Supposedly, Pacino's "Revolution" was such a flop that it scared Hollywood away from it for years.

But as far as wars that haven't been mined all that well, you'd think World War I would get a big-time treatment. Before War Horse (which was based on a play), you basically had "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Gallipoli" and "Paths to Glory" and that was it. I'm assuming this is because America's role in WWI wasn't all that big.
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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #112 on: March 15, 2012, 05:56:51 AM »
I'm thinking that Tea Partiers and such would flock to a Revolutionary War movie in this culture, similar to how evangelicals flocked to "The Passion of The Christ."

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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #113 on: March 15, 2012, 02:15:49 PM »
I'm wondering why there are so few Revolutionary War movies. Such an important chapter of our history, and world history, and you could probably count on one hand or less the number of films about it.

Not one of my favorites, but I thought it was pretty sweet when I was a kid:


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« Reply #114 on: March 15, 2012, 02:57:05 PM »
I'm wondering why there are so few Revolutionary War movies. Such an important chapter of our history, and world history, and you could probably count on one hand or less the number of films about it.

I remember there was some discussion in the entertainment media about this when "The Patriot" came out. Supposedly, Pacino's "Revolution" was such a flop that it scared Hollywood away from it for years.

But as far as wars that haven't been mined all that well, you'd think World War I would get a big-time treatment. Before War Horse (which was based on a play), you basically had "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Gallipoli" and "Paths to Glory" and that was it. I'm assuming this is because America's role in WWI wasn't all that big.

There has been a lot of WWI films made. The 20s and 30s had a bunch of them. Many are referenced earlier in the thread.
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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #115 on: March 15, 2012, 03:03:05 PM »
Is this an appropriate time to point out again that War Horse, while beautifully shot, had a really, really stupid plot? Or is there a better time to point that out again?

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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #116 on: March 15, 2012, 03:26:09 PM »
I'm wondering why there are so few Revolutionary War movies. Such an important chapter of our history, and world history, and you could probably count on one hand or less the number of films about it.

Not one of my favorites, but I thought it was pretty sweet when I was a kid:



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I'm wondering why there are so few Revolutionary War movies. Such an important chapter of our history, and world history, and you could probably count on one hand or less the number of films about it.

I remember there was some discussion in the entertainment media about this when "The Patriot" came out. Supposedly, Pacino's "Revolution" was such a flop that it scared Hollywood away from it for years.

But as far as wars that haven't been mined all that well, you'd think World War I would get a big-time treatment. Before War Horse (which was based on a play), you basically had "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Gallipoli" and "Paths to Glory" and that was it. I'm assuming this is because America's role in WWI wasn't all that big.

There has been a lot of WWI films made. The 20s and 30s had a bunch of them. Many are referenced earlier in the thread.

Yeah, I meant in modern times. I'm sure there were a lot back when the war was still fresh on everyone's mind, but it probably didn't generate half the Hollywood ouvre of WWII or even Vietnam.
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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #117 on: March 15, 2012, 06:05:39 PM »
A Very Long Engagement was a decent WWI flick from the last decade. Joyeux Nol was pretty good too. Flyboys (never saw it) came out in 2006 and dealt with American pilots in the conflict.
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« Reply #118 on: March 15, 2012, 07:42:51 PM »
A Very Long Engagement was a decent WWI flick from the last decade. Joyeux Nol was pretty good too. Flyboys (never saw it) came out in 2006 and dealt with American pilots in the conflict.

Flyboys was dreadful, a movie that would have to improve 100% just to stink. One cliche after another.

The aforementioned Blue Max is the definitive WWI aviation flick. George Peppard, Ursula UnAndress, James Mason are your headliners, with Peppard as a lower-class German scrapping and clawing his way into respectability in the aristocratic and nascent German air corps. Not a great movie in the manner of many we've mentioned and rather on the long side, but decent nonetheless.
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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #119 on: March 15, 2012, 08:02:48 PM »
Saving Private Ryan; Band of Brothers; Plattoon; Full Metal Jacket... and even though it's cliche on a lot of levels, Crimson Tide.

As for war comidies, put me down for Hot  Shots! (the orig and Part Deux), as well as Down Periscope
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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #120 on: March 15, 2012, 11:45:40 PM »
More movies I thought were cool when I was 14 ... HBO used to show a movie about the Italian-Libyan conflict between the wars. I think it was called Lion Of The Desert. Anthony Quinn was in it. Loved it back then. Haven't seen it since.
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« Reply #121 on: March 16, 2012, 03:08:46 AM »
A Very Long Engagement was a decent WWI flick from the last decade. Joyeux Nol was pretty good too. Flyboys (never saw it) came out in 2006 and dealt with American pilots in the conflict.

Flyboys was dreadful, a movie that would have to improve 100% just to stink. One cliche after another.

The aforementioned Blue Max is the definitive WWI aviation flick. George Peppard, Ursula UnAndress, James Mason are your headliners, with Peppard as a lower-class German scrapping and clawing his way into respectability in the aristocratic and nascent German air corps. Not a great movie in the manner of many we've mentioned and rather on the long side, but decent nonetheless.

Is that the one where Peppard dies at the end in a plane crash? On a test flight or something?
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Re: Five favorite war movies
« Reply #122 on: March 16, 2012, 03:29:25 AM »

Yes.

Interesting to me how poorly 'Platoon' has aged. As is the case with almost all of Stone's work.

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« Reply #123 on: March 16, 2012, 04:44:38 AM »
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« Reply #124 on: March 16, 2012, 09:18:32 AM »

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